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Project Keepers 

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Project Keepers 

Written By: Diane Gilleland 


If, like me, you tend to accumulate projects-in-progress, you might want to stitch up a bunch 
of these easy oilcloth holders. They keep all the needed supplies together, neat and tidy, and 
they're structured so little things can't easily fall out. They store easily on a shelf or in a bin, 
and when you're ready to craft, you can read the handy hanging tag to find the project you 


1/2 yard oilcloth or tablecloth vinyl See note below.Scrap of 8 mil clear vinyl (optional)Downloadable tag patternPearl 
cotton embroidery floss or baker's twineChenille needle large eye, sharp pointLarge sew-through buttonScissorsPinking 
shears or decorative-edge scissorsMasking tapeSewing machineThread 

Materials Note: If you want to make a lot of Project Keepers on the cheap, watch your local 
thrift stores for vinyl tablecloths. 

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• Step 1 : Decide on the size you 
want your finished Project Keeper 
to be, and then follow the above 
diagram to cut a piece of oilcloth or 
vinyl. Size your Keeper a little 
generously, as the side seams will 
take away about 1" in width. 

Step 2 

• Step 2: You should end up with a 
long rectangle of oilcloth or vinyl. If 
you like, trim both short edges with 
pinking shears or decorative 

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• Step 3: Fold the rectangle almost in 
half, leaving about 3" at the top, as 
shown. Crease the fold well with 
your fingers. This step helps you 
identify the front panel of the 

Step 4 

• Step 4: If you like, you can add a 
clear vinyl pocket to the outside of 
your Keeper. I like these pockets 
because I'm always trying to keep 
my craft tools with my WIPs 
(works in progress), but then I 
usually end up wanting those tools 
later for another project. I store 
scissors, hooks, needles, etc. in 
the outside pocket of the Keeper so 
I can find them easily. If you want 
to add a pocket, unfold the 
rectangle so it's a single layer 
again. Cut a scrap of clear vinyl to 
the pocket size you want. Tape it to 
the front panel of the Keeper with 
masking tape. 

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• Step 5: Sew along 3 sides of the 
pocket, leaving the top edge open. 
You can sew right over the tape 
and pull it off afterward. 

Step 6 

• Step 6: Refold the piece as in Step 
3. Place a couple tabs of masking 
tape around each side to hold this 
fold in place. 

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• Step 7: Fold that extra 3" over the 
front of the Keeper. Make sure this 
flap overlaps the front panel no 
more than 3/4". Tape the flap down 
as well. 

Step 8 

• Step 8: Sew along both sides, 
through all layers, using a 1/2" 
seam allowance. Again, you can 
sew right over the tape and peel it 
away afterward. 

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• Step 9: If you like, you can trim the 
seam allowance with decorative 
scissors or pinking shears. 

Step 10 

• Step 10: Next, make the hang tag. 
Cut out the front and back pieces 
from black vinyl, following the 
shapes shown here. Cut a clear 
piece to fit between them as a 
window. Stack the three pieces 
together, with wrong sides together 
and the clear vinyl in the center. 
Tape them, and sew along 3 edges 
and the top as shown above. Leave 
one side open so you can slip in a 
handwritten label later. 

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Step 11 


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• Step 1 1 : Sew a button to the front 
panel of the Keeper, about 2" below 
the top edge. Make sure it's 

Step 12 

• Step 12: Thread a chenille needle 
with about 36" of embroidery floss 
or twine. Pass the needle up 
through the top of the tag from 
back to front. Then, pass it back 
down to form a small loop, as 
shown here. 

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• Step 13: Pull the floss through until 
the ends are even, and then pass 
the ends up through the loop. Pull 
the floss to make a slip knot. 

Step 14 

• Step 14: Thread the 2 ends of the 
floss together on the chenille 
needle. Bring the needle up through 
the flap, passing it from inside to 
outside. Center this stitch above 
the button. 

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• Step 15: Pull the floss until the tag 
is hanging about 6"-8" below the 
stitch, as shown. 

Step 16 

• Step 1 6: Then, pass the needle 
back down through the flap, 
forming a small stitch. 

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• Step 17: Tie the ends of the floss in 
a secure double knot at the inside 
of the flap. Trim away the end of 
the floss that isn't attached to the 

Step 18 

• Step 18: To operate this closure, 
just wind the floss around the 
button a few times. 

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• Fill your Keeper with a project, 
write its name on a scrap of paper, 
and slip it into the tag. Storage 

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